I thought I’d post this recent online conversation that I had with my older brother, Tommy. I received this message early this morning, as I began my writing day. I realized by my bro’s comments, that most people don’t really understand the life of a freelance writer in this information age. So, maybe my answer will give you a glimpse into my writing life.
Hey, can’t you sleep? I notice that most of your postings are either very early or “twittered” while your one the road. LOL Ya’ gotta’ relax and enjoy the ministry… it’s not “go go go, fight fight fight, win win win”… It’s 1 Thess 5:16-23. love ya’
Hmmm … Do I justify my work as a writer or ignore your comment? [Btw, you are kinda cranky with your broken ankle! What’s with that?]
Anyway, to tell you the truth, most of my blog posts are scheduled posts for my blog, BLESSED Legacy Stories. I can publish them immediately after I write them. Or I can write several of them, and schedule a time for them to be published. This saves me from having to think about blogging every day. For instance, the ones for this week are all “guest posts” that I received from my publicist, Kathy Carlton Willis. They are part of KCW Comm’s “blog tours” that promote other Christian authors, their newest releases, writing conference, or writing/speaking/ministry organizations. I use these “guest posts” so I won’t HAVE to write a post every day. I also hope that they will encourage or help other writers.
As for the “tweets,” the scripture you see posted, some are “tweeted” from a daily Bible verse e-mail that I receive from KLOVE radio station daily devotionals. And sometimes, yes–I do read my daily devotionals early in the morning or late at night. That’s my “quiet time”–when no one else is calling me, texting me, or asking me to justify my internet or writing activities.
As for the posts “on the road,” I use severals apps on my phone for that—like Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, or LinkedIn. And I can also post photos that I take or places I visit with the different apps on my phone. In fact, I just recently downloaded a new app that enables me to write a blog post from my phone to my newest blog—Karen’s WAVE (Writer and Village Explorer)—where I plan to write about writing and exploring the Village. So, even when I’m exercising—like walking a trail in the Village—or attending a church service, I can write a quick post that includes a picture.
So, you see, Bro, what you see online is simply evidence of me exploring and utilizing some of the new technology that is available to writers (and non-writers) in this information age.
Welcome to my world!
P. S. I think I’ll post your question (and my answer) on my new blog!